Elsa Bloodstone is a Marvel Comics character created by Dan Abnett, Andy Lanning, and Michael Lopez, first appearing in Bloodstone #1 (dated December 2001).
Elsa is the daughter of Ulysses Bloodstone, an infamous monster hunter in the Marvel Universe, whose super strength and immortality were derived from the mystical Bloodgem embedded in his chest. Elsa's relationship with her father has been subject to continuity drift; while it was originally established that she never knew him prior to his death, later materials explicitly mention that he raised her to be a hunter like himself. Her nationality is also disputed; like Emma Frost, she's ostensibly from Boston, but more recent appearances suggest an English persona.
Nonetheless, Elsa's own path in life isn't dissimilar to her father's, becoming a prominent monster hunter in her adult years. At some point after Ulysses' death, Elsa came into the possession of a Bloodgem choker, effectively granting her the same powers as his —- but since her Bloodgem is worn externally, she's more susceptible to danger than he ever was.
This series portrayed Elsa with a sharp change in personality from her initial characterization, not to mention completely changing her look. Originally a long-haired blonde prone to skimpy, Indiana Jones-esque clothing, the Elsa of Nextwave sports a red, tomboyish ponytail and badass longcoat. It's worth noting that Nextwave's level of canonicity has wavered back and forth since being published, but this new direction (and visual appearance) for the character has stuck with successive creators.
Elsa is one of the 142 superheroes who signed the Superhuman Registration Act, also becoming part of The Initiative in its wake. Outside of starring in a Legion of Monsters limited series opposite Morbius The Living Vampire some years later, Elsa fell a bit out of focus after the Civil War ended.
The Marvel NOW initiative brought Elsa back into some consciousness, joining the likes of Valkyrie, Misty Knight, and Dani Moonstar in the Fearless Defenders, which only lasted for a total of twelve issues before low sales resulted in its cancelation.
Elsa also appeared in the pages of Avengers Arena, where her younger brother Cullen starred as a primary character. In the time Elsa spent away from visibility, she became an instructor at the Braddock Academy, where she enrolled Cullen as a student ... who'd just returned from a hell dimension where an eldritch abomination bonded with his soul. Because of this, she gave him a Bloodgem ring that he must wear at all times, or else he'll transform into the gigantic monster that possesses him.
During the AXIS story, Elsa joined an unlikely team of Avengers formed by Valeria Richards and an inverted Doctor Doom. Shortly after her stint there, Earth-616 collided with Earth-1610, thusly ending the Marvel Universe.
Now living on Battleworld without any memories of her previous life, Elsa guarded The Wall, separating Battleworld from the zombie-infested Deadlands. As part of the Secret Wars event, Elsa headlines a Marvel Zombies limited series, following her efforts to protect an orphan —revealed to be a younger version of herself— who wanders into aforementioned Deadlands.
- Bloodstone (2001 — 2002)
- Nextwave: Agents of H.A.T.E. (2006 — 2007)
- Legion of Monsters (2011)
- Fearless Defenders (2013 — 2014)
- Marvel Zombies vol. 2 (2015)
- A-Force vol. 2 (2016)
- Monsters Unleashed vol. 2 (2017)
- Monsters Unleashed vol. 3 (2017)
- Marvel: Avengers Alliance (2015)
- Marvel Future Fight (2015)
- Avengers Academy (2017)
- Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order (2019)
Elsa Bloodstone provides examples of:
- Abnormal Ammo: The various sorts of ammunition she uses are tailor made for killing monsters. From traditional silver bolts, to hellfire slugs, to behemoth busters, Elsa packs anything but normal rounds.
- Abusive Parents: Elsa's upbringing by Ulysses was fairly rough, and shown in detail via flashbacks in Marvel Zombies.
- Played for Laughs in Nextwave, although considering the above was after this book and surprisingly in line with it, maybe it shouldn't have been.
- Action Girl: She fights monsters!
- Amulet of Concentrated Awesome: The Bloodgem in her choker grants her super-strength and immortality.
- Badass Family: She's the daughter of an immortal monster hunter and sister of a possessed eldritch abomination — not to mention a monster hunter in her own right.
- Bare Your Midriff: She's often shown wearing short shirts in her current incarnation —- saying nothing of the way she used to look before Nextwave
- BFG: Has a preference for these, which she describes with words such as "exquisite" and "phenomenal"
- Big Sister Instinct: She's fairly protective of Cullen, despite not being very favorable toward kids. She's also equally protective of Kei Kawade despite only knowing him for a short period of time.
- Bodyguarding a Badass: Is hired to protect and train Kei Kawade, aka Kid Kaiju, who has a small team of monsters that can level cities at his disposal.
- But Now I Must Go: She eventually deems Kei responsible enough to handle things on his own without someone to mind all of his activities after watching him and Aegis deal with an Eldritch Abomination on their own. She isn't gone though, since she tells Kei that she'll be on call whenever she needs him, calling herself Kei's "mini Kaiju".
- Civvie Spandex: Elsa doesn't don a flashy costume like most heroes in the Marvel Universe, opting for a badass longcoat instead.
- Combat Pragmatist: Is happy to use anything she gets her hands on in a fight, even if it isn't "fair".Elsa: Excuse me, sweetie. [whacks Lady Hellbender with an alien hammer] But I'm done playing with you!
Lady Hellbender: Some... sort of atomic power hammer? That isn't fair... You cheated.
Elsa: Oh, you ignorant space harpy. For monster hunters, cheating is closely related to survival rates.
- Deuteragonist: Of Monsters Unleashed, as she's the human with the most screentime after Kei himself.
- Disappeared Dad: Whether or not she actually knew her father growing up, either explanation applies for this trope.
- Expy: She's often referred to as "Marvel's Buffy, which many of her writers claim to not intentionally invoke.
- Fiery Redhead: She's level-headed most of the time, but tick her off and she'll let you know who's boss.Elsa: [holding Moloids by the neck] I'll ask you again—nicely this time... WHO IS YOUR QUEEN!
- Fights Like a Normal: She definitely has superhuman strength and immortality, but she primarily brings all sorts of guns, crossbows, melee weapons, wooden stakes, and other monster hunting implements rather than her superpowers.
- I Am Not My Father: As much as Elsa hates to admit it, much of Ulysses rubbed off on her.
- Locked into Strangeness: The Secret Wars Marvel Zombies tie-in shows that she was born blonde like her father, but it was dyed red by the blood of a qlippoth she killed that soaked into her scalp and caused an infection. She was forced to do so and told to lie to her mother about it by her father.
- Never Bring a Knife to a Fist Fight: As Elsa once claimed, ""Samurai robots beat guns, no question. So it's just me and a shovel."
- Raised by Robots: Her father built a babysitter robot called "Hate Mother,' which leaves very little to the imagination in regards to its personality.
- Sir Swears-a-Lot: Lampshaded by Nico Minoru during her appearance in A-Force.
- Statuesque Stunner: Elsa is a beautiful young woman who stands at 5' 9".
- Stripperific: Her pre-Nextwave appearance wasn't very ... practical for a monster hunter, saying the least.
- Superhero Packing Heat: Well, she's a monster hunter more than she is a superheroine, but she's happy to bring all sorts of firearms to a fight if they'll raise her chances of success and survival.
- Tulpa: In Secret Wars (2015), she meets the incarnation of her innocence, the her from a potential reality where she shaved her head and left her father. Said incarnation then fuses with her, allowing her to use the Bloodstone to its full potential and cure both herself and her father of the zombie affliction
- You Are Better Than You Think You Are: Gives this speech to Kei after he accidentally summons Poison Fing Fang Foom into the Earth-616 reality and starts doubting himself over this failure.Elsa: You're a right fool, Kei Kawade. You should have told me about your worries before now. But you're not a monster. I've watched you save the world. You're a hero.
Kei: I thought I could control my powers... but I can't. And I can't be a hero if--
Elsa: So you failed. Join the club. I can't save every person on the planet from every vampire attack. That doesn't stop me from staking every bloodsucker I see. Do you think Captain Bloody Marvel feels just peachy every time some disaster strikes in a place while she's saving lives in another? Heroes fall down, Kei... but they also get back up. Now—before that scaly behemoth tracks us down... summon those monsters of yours and let's end this.